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and saw that Mr. Grimes was gone. He had reached his
shack, which stood by a single big tree on the other side of
the pasture, and had gone in.

When he turned around and started across the barn lot, he
saw a negro man approaching him. It was Old Mac. " They's
somebody at the house fer you," Old Mac announced.

"Who is it?"

"Mr. Bill Christian," Old Mac told him, "and anuther
gemraun."

Mr. Munn quickened his pace.   "You don't know who?"

"Hit's a red-headed gemmun," Old Mac said. "His head,
you mought say hit incline to red,"

Mr. Munn, almost running, went toward the house. He
slammed the back door, went through the kitchen, and down
the hall, calling out.

Mr. Christian and Doctor MacDonald stood in the yard
under the maple trees. Mr, Munn ran out to them, with his
hand stretched out. At the sight of them, as they smiled
and advanced toward him, he felt a sudden and unexpected
surge of pleasure, of relief, as at hard-won safety.

"By God!" Mr. Christian shouted, " where you been keep-
ing yourself?"

Mr. Munn hesitated, as though embarrassed. "Hanging
round the place," he answered.

"By God," Mr. Christian said, "I just figgered I'd come
over and see how you was making it. Cap'n Todd's boy, he's
over courting Sukie so much I just couldn't stand to watch
it. He's a good boy, but God-a-mighty, the calf eyes he
makes, it makes a man want to puke. I just said, Hell, I'll
go over and see Perse-----"

"That's fine," Mr. Munn declared, "that's fine!"

Mr. Christian gestured toward Doctor MacDonald: "And
I just run into the doc, here, in town—didn't I, doc?—and
I just thought Fd bring him along."

"That's fine," Mr, Munn responded. He's lying, he
thought; they planned to come. But he was glad.

" Sure," Doctor MacDonald said.